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A Haiku - Balance

Updated on August 17, 2014

It may help to chart the day's course....before we set sail.

We can only accomplish well one thing at a time, but we can do that one thing well, or not at all.  Do it and move on to what is next most important.
We can only accomplish well one thing at a time, but we can do that one thing well, or not at all. Do it and move on to what is next most important.

A balanced life has time for each important element.

Have you heard it said, or have you even said it yourself: "There's just not enough time!"?

Enough time for what?

There is always enough time to start. There is not always enough time to finish....today, but it's the starting that counts after the priorities have been established.

"But things interrupt!". you say.

I often think how much more writing I might accomplish by renting a room with one table, one chair, and my computer. I could go there, disconnect the room's phone, and write to exhaustion, before returning to all the other priorities of life.

I've been sorely tempted at times, but I've never taken that step.

The same could be said for finding a way to do tax returns, or anything else that seems to require our undivided attention. "Dad's not here, but let me take your name and number and I will have him call you when he returns." [Voicemail now serves that same purpose, and many Americans now rely on their voicemails to protect them from interruptions, and to record what happened while they were otherwise "indisposed".]

Monks have taken themselves into monasteries so they might devote themselves to prayer and meditation, but even there they find there is a need for balance and structure to accomodate themselves and others.

Here are short Haiku poems on balance:


Seasons come and go;

Short, distinct, but orderly.

How predictable!


Days come, very soon gone.

Packing day's contents inside,

Better packing fills.


Spend days like money.

Budget hours wisely and well.

A day saved....is earned.


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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Exercise with a purpose....

You can't have the warmth of a fire, without first having the kindling and wood.  Some future actions require other actions now.
You can't have the warmth of a fire, without first having the kindling and wood. Some future actions require other actions now. | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Perhaps an important part of balance is recognized in the statement that life should consist of "moderation in all things." If we are overdoing something we are short changing something else along the way.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Simple advice, and so true.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I agree. More balance in life means more living.

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      Yves 4 years ago

      There's a lot to be said for doing all the things one needs to do in a day. The thing about writing or any other endeavor one loves is that it is easy to do that and nothing else. It's tempting to leave the floor that needs to be mopped, sit yet another day while we restrict ourselves to that one endeavor we love. But that isn't balance, that's just choosing to eat the frosting before the cake.

      However, when it comes to doing taxes, locking oneself up in a room is probably the only way to find balance and force oneself to do those mundane chores that must be done.

      Anyway, I do see your point, though I went off on a tangest and turned things around a little bit. Balance is key--it is the only practical and ultimately, harmonious way to live.

      Up and interesting!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Each day is meant to be treasured and the special ones we remember forever

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The thoughts were mother to the piece. Thanks.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      "A day saved is earned". I like that quote. Nice thoughts here.

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